Diary of Gregorio del Pilar

December 2, 1899

The General has given me a Platoon of available men and has ordered me to defend this pass. I am aware what a difficult task has been given to me. Nevertheless, I feel that this is the most glorious moment of my life. I am doing everything for my beloved country. There is no greater sacrifice.

I have a terrible premonition that the enemy will vanquish me and my valiant men; but I die happy fighting for my beloved country.